Wednesday, 12 September 2018

British workers are getting totally shafted


It's a decade since the bankers' insolvency crisis and the median earnings of every single age demographic have fallen significantly since 2008, with the under-50s bearing the brunt of it.

In the wake of the bankers' insolvency crisis Labour attempted to mitigate the worst of the damage by propping up the economy through investment, but their efforts were undermined and reversed when the Liberal Democrats enabled the Tory party back into power and helped them implement their extraordinarily damaging austerity agenda.

All the talk in 2010 was about the importance of reducing the budget deficit, and George Osborne's promise to eliminate it completely by 2015. However in hindsight it's glaringly obvious that reducing the deficit wasn't the real objective at all, especially since the Tories are now projecting 2031 as their deficit elimination date (21 years to do what they said they'd acheive in less than 5!)

The real Tory objective was to use the bankers' insolvency crisis as an excuse to push through a series of radically right-wing policies aimed at redistributing as much wealth as possible from the majority of British people to corporations and the mega-rich minority who bankroll the Tory party.

You'd have to have been living under a rock for the last eight years to have failed to notice the extreme Tory cuts to all aspects of British life: massive local government cuts, deadly NHS and social care cuts, unprecedented police cuts, ruinous flood defence spending cuts, idiotic infrastructure investment cuts, horrific welfare cuts, killer fire service cuts, punishing in-work benefits cuts ...

One of the most damaging aspects of Tory austerity dogma of all has been their deliberate programme of wage repression, especially against public sector workers and the under-50s.

It hardly takes an economic genius to understand that if you reduce the amount of cash that ordinary people have in their pockets, you end up significantly reducing the amount of demand in the economy and/or increasing the amount of debt as people borrow in order to make ends meet.

So not only is the Tory wage repression agenda a disaster for the ordinary people they're driving into in-work poverty, it's also a disaster for the economy through restricted demand and increased indebtedness.

One of the most incredible things about this 8-year ideologically driven Tory assault on our wages is the lack of fightback from the British public.
Just imagine if the French government had imposed this crushing wage repression agenda on French workers. There'd be strikes. There'd be protests. There'd be riots in the streets. They'd probably even blockade Britain with tractors and wagons!

But here in Britain the Tories who ripped off millions of British workers in order to enrich the already extraordinarily wealthy actually saw their vote share increase dramatically at the last election.

The lesson here is that the wealthy establishment class can blatantly rip off British workers, and millions upon millions of us will actually flock to the polls to thank our beloved lords and masters for mistreating us in this way!

"Thank you kindly sir for ripping me off and trashing my local community just to feed the insatiable greed of the people who bankroll your party" [exits walking backwards, doffing cap and bowing]


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